Episodes
Back from a long hiatus, Darwin is joined once again by Emory to chat about their summer travels, rant about the outdoor community, & just plain catch up on some Big Ol' projects OE has been working on/what you can look forward for the rest of this year! To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon. Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, films, products, and...
Published 08/22/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined by Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association, Matt Nelson, to discuss the overcrowding issues that are starting to plague long-distance trails like the AT, PCT, & the AZT. What does it take to run a trail association & manage the impact on the environment? Is Education, Permits, or Funding the answer to this growing problem? Is there such a thing as "too many hikers" on the trail? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive...
Published 05/02/22
Published 05/02/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined by world traveler, Christy Teglo to discuss taking your adventures abroad. The experiences, logistics, costs, & more. What lessons has Christy learned on her many journeys all over the world? They also chat about her experience & challenges of traveling/adventuring as a solo female both internationally and domestically. To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch,  join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon. Go to...
Published 04/18/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined by Travis Avery from Sawyer Products to chat about giving back on a global scale & what Sawyer is doing to save lives all around the world. Can someone like a Thru-Hiker or Bikepacker actually make a difference by doing something as simple as buying a piece of gear? Can other companies in the outdoor industry really change the world? Darwin also shares how his upcoming trip to Fiji & the film he's shooting there will contribute to giving back...
Published 04/04/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined by a whole round-table of Co-Hosts! Jessica (his wife), along with friends Jen & Greg Seymour all chime in to discuss the ups & downs of adventuring as a couple. Is it easy to get along when you spend every day together on something like a thru-hike? What sort of issues should couples anticipate dealing with when traveling full-time together? What kind of strain can a long adventure put on a relationship when one person is gone for months, leaving...
Published 03/21/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined once again by co-host, Einstein, to have a different conversation about mental health in the thru-hiking community. There have been plenty of great conversations about the positive effects that thru-hiking can have on an individual's mental health, but what about some of the negative consequences it can lead to? What mental health issues can be exacerbated by a lifestyle built entirely around thru-hiking and nothing else? This conversation is difficult, but...
Published 02/21/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined by Film Maker/Thru-Hiker Nick Greene to discuss what we "should" expect of the Outdoor Industry when it comes to stepping up for our Public Lands. Does a company that's in the Outdoor Industry owe anything to Public Lands? Why are we, as a community, not expecting this of the industry more? How can we, as consumers, change the landscape of where our money goes? These two filmmakers discuss their thoughts on all this and more. Watch Darwin's Film "Through The...
Published 02/07/22
In this episode, Darwin is joined by Einstein to discuss a growing issue in the Thru-Hiking and overall Outdoor Communities... Wildfires! Last year we saw the PCT completely shut down in early September, and watched as nearly every Southbound hiker who set off on the journey from Canada to Mexico had to end their hike early. This was just the most recent extreme consequence of the growing trend of wildfires, particularly in the Western US, and how they are affecting people's outdoor...
Published 01/24/22
In this episode, Darwin is once again joined by Emory to talk about being a creator in the outdoor realm and dive into their own, personal creative journeys. Are you an aspiring Outdoor Media Creator? Are you thinking about starting a YouTube Channel, IG Account, Blog, or Podcast? Have you been wondering how to start your own creative journey? Well... This episode is for you! Even if you don't necessarily identify as an outdoor creator or aspire to be one, there's plenty to learn in this...
Published 12/27/21
In this episode, Darwin is  joined by Licensed Dietician and Valley To Peak Nutrition founder, Kyle Kamp, to talk about all things nutrition in the outdoors. Finding the perfect balance between a healthy diet & an efficient fuel source on a long-distance adventure can often seem impossible. Are the High Sugar & High Sodium foods we eat in the backcountry effecting our long term health? What are some good strategies to maintain a balanced diet on the trail? Is the "HikerTrash" Junk...
Published 12/13/21
In this episode, Darwin is  joined by fellow 2021 CDT Thru-Hiker, Triple Crowner, and Wilderness Therapy Instructor Justin Helmkamp to talk about what happens after the hike (or adventure) is OVER. There's always a focus on the highs and lows during a long adventure, but what about the many difficulties folks can run into in the weeks and months after finishing something like a thru-hike? What can someone completing a long, meaningful experience expect when they get back home? What can you do...
Published 11/29/21
In this episode, Einstein is back on the show to join Darwin in a discussion about all things bikepacking! Over the years we have occasionally shared our love of two-wheeled adventures, but this episode is fully-dedicated to why bikepacking/touring is so awesome. How is it similar/different to backpacking? Is it really that hard to transition from hiking to cycling? And finally... Is Bikepacking Better?? #Giveashit Company Spotlight: Garage Grown Gear To get early access to episodes, bonus...
Published 11/15/21
Welcome to Season 2 of The Outdoor Evolution Podcast! Fresh off his CDT thru-hike, Darwin is joined once again by Emory to chat about his experience on trail this Summer hiking over 2,800 miles from Canada to Mexico. They also catch up on other projects OE has been working on, and what you can look forward to hearing on this season of the pod! #Giveashit Company Spotlight: Appalachian Gear Co Learn How To Backpack - https://www.learnhowtobackpack.com To get early access to episodes, bonus...
Published 11/01/21
In this episode, Darwin & Emory open up about what a career as a media creator might look like. If you're interested in getting into creating outdoor media professionally, or are just curious about how some creators make a living, this is the episode for you! Darwin draws on his personal experience of six years as an outdoor media creator, and answers some common questions people have about how sustainable it is. How do I start? What can I expect for the first year? How will this affect...
Published 08/30/21
In this episode, Darwin is joined yet again by Einstein to debate the key differences between Backpacking and Thru-hiking. Are they even different? How so? Why do people seem to look down on one or the other, depending on their preference? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon. Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com to keep up to date with all of our new articles, reviews, products, and more. Follow us on...
Published 08/16/21
In this episode, Darwin & Emory chat about rocks. More specifically, rock cairns. When do cairns & stick shelters go from being a necessary to a nuisance on our public lands? What’s the gray area between necessary use and leaving a trace consist of? Does a little harmless stack of rocks really make a big impact on the natural environment? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon. Go to...
Published 08/02/21
In this episode, Darwin is joined by co-host Second Chance Hiker to discuss the false expectations we can put on ourselves or others in the outdoor community. When we take the leap and set off on big adventures (thru hikes, bike tours, van life, etc…) we often do so with certain expectations of what it will be like or what we will get out of the experience. Likewise, as some people develop a following on their various adventures through social media, false expectations can arise from their...
Published 07/19/21
In this episode, Darwin and Emory discuss the differences between sharing your adventures on social media to inspire others or doing it for the clout. Today, it's easier than ever to connect with friends, family, and followers through social media. But is everyone doing it for the right reasons? Can the authenticity of someone's adventures be affected by their motivations to share? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us...
Published 07/05/21
In this episode, Darwin is joined by Arizona Wilderness Brewing owners, Jon and Pat, to discuss how companies can help give back to public lands. Last October, OE launched the #Giveashit campaign to encourage and inspire companies in the outdoor industry and the community to give back to the spaces we all share. As the newest business to join #Giveashit, AZ Wilderness makes it their mission to give back to public lands, as well as promote education for responsible use and stewardship. As...
Published 06/21/21
In this episode, Darwin and co-host Jupiter discuss tribalism within the outdoor community and how toxic it can be. Why do people get so heated about subjective topics like hiking styles, gear choices, or favorite creators? How can we as a community come together and learn to be more accepting and care about things that actually matter? To get early access to episodes, bonus media, and exclusive merch, join The Outdoor Evolution by supporting us on Patreon. Go to www.theoutdoorevolution.com...
Published 05/24/21
In this episode, Darwin and co-host Vice discuss some of the "not so glamorous" sides of #VanLife. From the outside, looking in, living in your vehicle, and traveling the country full-time seems like a dream. Live a minimalist lifestyle, visit incredible places, and sleep somewhere new every night. But what about the other side of it? How do full-time nomads deal with the harsh, boring, and uncomfortable realities that come with "true freedom?" Sometimes #VanLife isn't as dreamy as it seems...
Published 05/10/21
In this episode, Darwin and co-host Einstein discuss a challenge many who pursue an adventurous lifestyle deal with, but rarely talk about: failure. We all have expectations going into a thru-hike, bike-tour, or any adventure. When we aren't able to...
Published 04/26/21
In this episode, Darwin is joined again by co-host Emory Wanger to discuss the relationship between the outdoor industry and social media influencers. As the outdoor community becomes more and more saturated with influencers trading content for free...
Published 04/19/21
In this episode, Darwin and co-host Benny "Plug-it In" Braden explore the controversial topic of Gatekeeping, our relationship with public lands, and how to become a responsible steward of them. How can we protect our public lands for future generations...
Published 04/12/21